My wife and I rented the Cavallino Verde house in Umbria for the month of June. Everything was as promised by Mario, the owner. The house was even more inviting and comfortable than the website photos suggest. Nor did the photos fully convey how wonderful and serene the panoramic view from the front was. The house is close to amenities. It’s about a 5 minute drive from the nearest village (Fratta Todina). Although it’s a small village it has a small supermarket, butcher, fruit and vegetable stand, and bakery so most provisions are available. Marsciano, a larger community, is 10 minutes away and virtually anything is available there. There is an open-air market on Mondays in Marsciano and we visited it weekly. There are also several great restaurants and wineries a short distance from the house. Two aspects that we particularly liked about the house’s location are the stunningly beautiful rural landscape and its proximity to any number of well-preserved Italian hill towns, both the small and unheralded ones and those that make it into a guidebook. With few exceptions, we did not travel more than 45 minutes from the house the entire time that we were there. We chose the house because it had four bedrooms and two living rooms. We expected family and friends to visit us throughout the month, with as many as eight people staying in the house at various times, and wanted to make sure that we would not be on top of one another. We had eight people on several occasions and the house and expansive veranda delivered in this regard. We never felt crowded or in each other’s way. The house is well appointed with bedding, towels and kitchen equipment. Beds were very comfortable and the bedrooms were all equipped with reading lights by the beds. We were there in the summer and the property is in the country so mosquitos were a constant issue. The windows and doors all have screens so with diligence the mosquitos can be managed on the inside. But outside is a different story. Most people visiting us were fine. Some, including me, had an intense reaction to the bites. We had some issues with water supply but Mario was immediately responsive and it seems that the problem has been addressed. This is also not unusual in a rural setting in an area dealing with intermittent dry periods. Whenever an issue emerged Mario responded quickly, courteously and he addressed it. These shortcomings were more than offset by the advantages of this beautiful property. If you’re looking for a quiet, comfortable, relaxing place to spend a week or a month in a spectacular part of Italy, this will suit you. We would stay there again, but maybe in another season, to dodge those mosquitos.
Property: Cavallino Verde - The period of stay: June, 2017
Posted by Bill
This has been the best part of our trip. We literally hit the jackpot with Anna and Michele! They opened up their home and their hearts while hosting us in their dream like home on the hill sides of Italy. Every night after our day of adventures we would sit out on the patio and share stories and learn about each other...via Google Translate! They offered homemade limoncello and sparkling wine along with sweet desserts. One night they even made us a traditional Italian dinner where I fell in love with Anna's garden grown tomato salad. In these moments we learned about their family, watched their son's wedding video, talked about life in Italy and befriended Little Brian, their kitten! From the start, they quickly accommodated us for a night early and offered to pick us up from the airport...a two hour round trip. They both greeted us at the airport and bought us a round of coffee at a cafe as they thought we might be tired from our travels! Once we arrived they insisted on carrying our luggage down the multiple flights of stone steps to their home. Their home was right out of a movie. Better than what the pictures even looked like online! We thought we were renting the bedroom but realized it was the entire guest suite which was stocked with essentials including breakfast snacks and ingredients to make spaghetti! The next morning Angie and I decided to have our French pressed coffee and pastries out on the terrace and accidentally got locked out. Anna had to leave work an hour away and come unlock the door for us. Instead of being mad she was kind and understanding. On our last day we got to meet Anna's beautiful family and her brother drove us to the airport. This experience isn't anything a fancy hotel could have offered and in the end we left with an Italian family. We are so grateful and will miss you greatly! Until next time!
Property: CasaDolceSogno - The period of stay: August '17
Posted by Brian